UPWIRE: Hacking Human Nature

UPWIRE: Hacking Human Nature to Unlock Your True Potential This podcast explores the neuroscience of Hacking Human Nature to find better ways to make breakthroughs and unlock your true potential in life and work. UPWIRE is presented by Robert Cooper, Ph.D., a neuroscientist, leadership advisor, New York Times bestselling author (with over 4 million books sold), and founder of the acclaimed 12 Leaders® program. UPWIRE will feature stories and wisdom from Dr. Cooper, along with his latest thoughts and ideas, interviews, and newest research findings. Cooper provides compelling insights drawn from his work with elite performers and top leaders using neuroscience to get the most out of their brains, their time, and their performance. For more on Robert Cooper visit
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Feb 24, 2017

The brain loves big, complicated, later and never.  Exceptional leaders and teams choose the exact opposite: breakthroughs and rules that are small, simple, now and next.

In this UPWIRE, we'll look at how the smallest change can make the biggest difference in your life and work.

Feb 10, 2017

The brain is hard-wired to be stuck in a defensive "me-first" mode.  It despises criticism and over emphasizes every perceived slight, ultimately leading to artificial roadblocks to your (and your team's) success.

In this podcast, we'll look at how you can UPWIRE your brain to move beyond this default flaw-finding "me-first" operating system, and create a culture of growth for yourself and others.

Jan 27, 2017

The brain is hard-wired to shrink, not soar. But inside each of us is a quiet lifelong beckoning call which will awaken the courage to face uncertainty, grow and achieve the "impossible."

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn how to develop and deploy our inner NERVE to face change, loss and growing pains without collapsing or running away.

Jan 13, 2017

By hard-wired human nature, the brain seeks to be out of touch.  Instead of engaging with and achieving your best possible future, the brain much prefers the comfort of mindless repetition, distraction, and awaiting the return of the "good old days."

When you are out of touch for as little as a few days or a week, it's not a neutral state.  You are already losing clients or customers who yearn for more meaningful connection with you.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll take a look at simple strategies for staying in touch with life's larger opportunities by mastering brief and frequent connections.

Dec 30, 2016

The brain is largely a forgetting machine, and in today's fast-paced world, it's primed to forget what matters most faster than ever!

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll take a look at how you can structure your schedule to make sure the goals and individuals vital to helping you create your most amazing future receive at least a few moments of your best attention.

Dec 16, 2016

To the brain, momentum is not natural.  Instead, it prefers interruptions, distractions or anything gives the illusion of activity or movement: brain circuits which are firing frequently but not forwardly.

In this podcast, we'll look at how to scale momentum and consciously align our brainpower with what matters most in our life and work.

Dec 2, 2016

The brain loves to keep hundreds of top priorities actively floating around.  The problem is the goal traffic jam which inevitably results, burning valuable mental energy and leading to reduced performance.

In part two of this podcast, we'll learn how to set 1st Priorities for the brain, and how to create automatic drivers which will keep us focused on making progress on our top goals.

Nov 18, 2016

The brain is hard-wired to run from challenges (real or imaginary), while barely walking toward opportunities, no matter how amazing.

In part one of this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn how to implement automatic drivers which kick in at the start of every choice, action and interaction, and relentlessly and effectively prompt the brain to grow.

Nov 4, 2016

The brain gets hijacked by many forms of competition.  Fortunately, so does almost everyone else's brain.

In this podcast, we'll look at how competition negatively impacts our growth, and learn some simple ways to UPWIRE our lives to move from simply competing to truly excelling.

Oct 21, 2016

By instinct, the brain waits for everyone else to change.

If we want to UPWIRE our lives, we must lead by example, go first, test better ways forward-upward and not wait for others. 

In this podcast, we'll look at some simple methods for hacking human nature which provide the catalyst that raises performance and drives new growth.

Oct 7, 2016

The brain is largely lost in its own labrynth of vagueness and will choose to stay there unless you're willing to lead it out of the shadows.

In this podcast, we'll learn the power of framing, and how connecting now with next fuels exceptional growth.

Sep 23, 2016

In part two of this UPWIRE, we'll look at some practical strategies for helping your brain keep you moving forward with greater clarity and purpose.

Sep 9, 2016

Left to its own devices, the brain is a go-second machine, willing to happily follow someone else. The problem, of course, is that if we're always ready to follow, how will we ever achieve our biggest goals in our life and work?

In part one of this UPWIRE, we'll learn how to let our behavior and life speak for itself and propel us past our brain's hard-wired tendencies.

Aug 26, 2016

Clarity helps the brain move out of the blur and aim at what matters most.

In part two of this podcast, we'll look at some additional techniques we can use to hack human nature and gain instant clarity in any situation.

Aug 12, 2016

In all aspects of our lives, chaos (either real or invented by our brains) can quickly destroy focus, leave us without direction and derail us from achieving the future we want.

In part one of this podcast, we'll focus on the importance of clarity and how it propels us forward-upward out of the blur.

Jul 29, 2016

The brain loves "tomorrow", "later" or "never."  It constantly imagines itself far into some vague but wonderful future.  Unless you learn to masterfully guide your brain, it doesn't do much to make that future a reality.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll look at a simple mechanism called WEEKLIES which can fuel accelerated growth for you and your team.

Jul 15, 2016

By hard-wired human nature, the brain magnifies every single negative small thing in life, consuming vast amounts of time and energy.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn how we can quickly hack human nature and aim our brains toward growth.  We can reclaim our time, energy and passion by learning to sweat the right small stuff and ditch the rest!

Jul 1, 2016

Your brain is the biggest barrier between where you are and where you want to be.  It easily becomes overloaded with useless distractions, negative emotions and excess "baggage."

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn to recognize when the brain is creating its own gridlock, and how we can move past and transcend this barrier using a technique called streamlining.


Jun 20, 2016

The brain always thinks there's a big puzzle somewhere which makes sense of everything--if only it could find all the pieces.  Waiting to see and understand all the pieces is what keeps many of us from pursuing and achieving our top goals.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll look at how we can accelerate our growth by helping our brain see how today's puzzle pieces connect to our most amazing future.

Jun 3, 2016

Left to its own devices, the brain loves to get lost in the blur.  The brain mistakes motion for work that actually matters, confusing hyper-activity with meaningful progress.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll look at how exceptional leaders and teams work around this trap and move out of the blur.

May 20, 2016

The brain loves plans and planning.  The problem is that, while these plans may be inspiring, they never amount to much.

Exceptional leaders and teams understand how to turn exceptional plans into results by building simple yet brilliant mechanisms for taking action.

May 6, 2016

The brain is endlessly attracted to distractions and the "next big thing." Add in the constant worry of time, and you have the perfect recipe for missing out on what matters most in our lives. 

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn how to actively guide our power of attention to focus on every moment that matters.

Apr 22, 2016

The brain is largely confounded by time.  And as a result, our lives slip into "keeping time" rather than living life to the fullest.

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll learn how to turn time into an ally.  It's not how well you plan your's how effectively you put your attention on what matters most.

Apr 8, 2016

With the right momentum on their side, exceptional leaders and teams can accomplish "miracles".

In this episode of UPWIRE, we'll look at how to move beyond the brain's tendency to defer and delay by structuring our actions to build momentum.

Mar 25, 2016

Our brains have a lightening-fast reactivity to negativity.  We're drawn to the negative and the "blame game" mostly due to the ancient wiring in our brains. 

The good news is we can quickly overcome these hard-wired tendencies and stay focused on what matters most.  In this UPWIRE podcast, we'll look at why our brains behave this way and how we can quickly stay focused when facing negativity.

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